Meet the Teacher

A little about Mrs. Badenchini

My name is Christina Badenchini and my husband and I are originally from New York City. We moved to North Carolina 26 years ago. We have two children, Erica, 25, and David, 22, and a dog, Sam. I began teaching in NC in 2002. I have a BFA in fine art and I just completed my Masters degree in Elementary Education in 2017.  This is my second year teaching at Casa and I am very excited to be here. Casa is a wonderful family and I love spending my day teaching your children. I am passionate about reading and writing.  When I am not teaching I enjoy reading, painting, and spending time with my family, watching movies or playing chess.


~*~ Classroom Wish List ~*~

  • Large kitchen trash bags
  • New rugs for Montessori works
  • classroom snacks
  • board games

Important Info, Dates, & Links

What We Are Learning in January

The students continue to participate in guided reading groups, work with the

Montessori Language series and movable alphabet, and practice their sight words.

The students journal every morning to work on their writing skills.

In Science this month we are learning about animal life cycles and habitats, fish, reptiles and amphibians, vertebrates and invertebrates, how clouds are formed and the water cycle.

In Social Studies we are learning about South America,  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Chinese New Year. We will continue working on our Holidays Around the World books.

Our math lessons include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as skip counting and number sequencing.


Email and contact info:

Christina Badenchini – Teacher
Carol Tunstall – Paraprofessional


Check back to see important dates and expect to see links here for online learning tools and online volunteer sign ups.

In addition to staying up to date with the amazing things we’re doing in our classroom, please read the GET INVOLVED and STUDENT LIFE sections of our website, too. If you have a question, and can’t find the answer on our website, we’d appreciate it if you would be a helpful citizen of our community and let us know! Chances are someone else has had that same question. 🙂  Thank you!

Goals for this year

Developing a positive attitude toward learning
Most learning activities are individualized. Each child engages in learning tasks that appeal to them and they find the activities geared to their needs and level of readiness. Each child works at their own rate, repeating tasks often, if they like, and experiencing achievements! In this way, each child naturally builds a positive attitude toward learning itself.

Developing self confidence
New tasks will be built upon what the child has already mastered. A carefully planned series of successes builds upon inner confidence in children. It assures them that they can learn by themselves. Confidence-building activities contribute to the child’s healthy emotional development.

Building a habit of concentration
Effective learning presupposes the ability to listen carefully and to attend to what is said or demonstrated. Through a series of absorbing experiences, children form habits of extended attention, thus increasing their ability to concentrate.

Fostering an abiding curiosity
A deep, persistent and abiding curiosity is a prerequisite for creative learning. By providing the child with opportunities to discover qualities, dimensions and relationships amidst a rich variety of stimulating learning situations, curiosity is developed and an essential element in creative learning has been established.

Developing habits of initiative and persistence
By surrounding children with appealing materials and learning activities geared to their inner needs, they becomes accustomed to engaging in activities on their own. Gradually, this results in a habit of initiative which is an essential quality of leadership. “Ground rules” call for completing a task once begun and gradually results in a habit of persistence and perseverance for replacing materials after the task is accomplished. This “completion expectation” gradually results in a habit of persistence and perseverance.

Fostering inner security and sense of order
Through a well ordered, enriched but simplified environment, the child’s need for order and security is intensely satisfied. This is noticed in the calming effect the environment has on the child. Since every item in the Montessori classroom has a place and the “ground rules” call for everything in its place, the child’s inner need for order is directly satisfied

Important Dates

January 20th  No School

February 6th Steam Night 6-7:30

February 14th Friendship Breakfast

February 17th No School/Presidents Day

February 28th Early release 12pm

March 6th Teacher Workday/No School

March 27th Early release/ Progress Reports

March 30-April 10 Spring intersession

April 14th Students return to school

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